The self-proclaimed “interim president” Juanito Guaido led a group of deputies to install a parallel government after a standoff with security forces outside the Legislative Palace in Caracas, while the National Assembly (AN) held its regular session inside.
The session was led by newly-elected AN President Luis Parra, who announced the creation of a commission to “restore” constitutional order.
The group forced its way past the police cordon and into the building after the AN session had ended. Guaido then opened a parliamentary session of his own, in which he was sworn in as “interim president” for another year.
Footage circulated on social media suggested the parallel session did not have the required quorum of 84 deputies, with journalists appearing to outnumber lawmakers.
Venezuela’s 167-member legislative body has been at the center of controversy in recent days following leadership elections on Sunday.
An opposition list headed by Yaracuy State Deputy Parra was elected with a reported 81 of 150 votes to replace the Guaido-led board.
Despite the irregularities, the parallel vote was immediately recognized by US Vice President Mike Pence, who said he spoke with Guaido Monday, “congratulat[ing] him on his reelection as Interim President of Venezuela.”
Meanwhile the Trump administration is mulling sanctions against official opposition deputies which supported the change of leadership in the National Assembly.
Most recently in August, Trump signed an executive order prohibiting all dealings with Venezuelan state entities and authorizing secondary sanctions against third party actors.
However, Venezuela has introduced the Petro into the community, offering a starting six million people to do X-mas shopping in 2019. This way Maduro is able to avoid hostile IMF monetary sanctions, that have led the Latin American country into financial chaos.
Anti War / ABC Flash Point Venezuela News 2020.